Photo of the Week 2 July 2013
Congratulations to Blaine Wright from New Castle, Colorado for his image “Hanging Lake in Spring.” We had the chance to interview Blaine about his photograph, how he set up the shot, and what photographers inspire him. Be sure to read his responses below and to see more of Blaine’s work stop by his portfolio www.thecoloradoimage.com or Facebook page.
Where was the image taken?
This image was taken in Hanging Lake on Dead Horse Creek: a small side drainage of the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon, White River National Forest, Colorado.
How did you hear about Hanging Lake?
Hanging Lake is one of the most photographed destinations in western Colorado. It’s a twenty minute drive from home that I’ve stayed away from because of the crowds it attracts. After living here for sixteen years, I made my first trip this past winter and again in spring.
Did you have to hike far to get to this particular spot?
From the trail head to the lake its 1.2 miles and an elevation gain of 1020 feet. It is a steep but relatively short hike. This image was captured the day before Memorial Day and to beat the crowds I left the trail head at 5:30 am. Arriving at the lake 45 minutes later, I had it to myself for an hour and a half. I departed before it got too crowded and passed many groups of red faced hard breathing individuals on the way down.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
After shooting film for four decades, I tired of searching for a new film to shoot each time my favorite was discontinued. This past December I made the decision to go digital and Nikon’s foresight to keep the same lens mount through the years made it easy because I could keep my array of manual Nikkors. For this image I used a Nikon D600 and a Nikon 24-85mm lens.
What is your favorite part about outdoor photography?
I enjoy many pursuits outdoor and when they include photography my focus level seems to multiply. My sense of what’s going on around me increases and I enter a state of heightened awareness. Athletes use the phrase “in a zone” and I guess this is descriptive of how I feel when photographing. The challenge to capture a familiar location in a different way keeps photography fresh.
Do you have any particular gear that you enjoy using or recommend for outdoor photography?
When hiking, I carry my equipment in a LowePro Street & Field modular harness, belt, and case setup. It doesn’t matter if you hike a quarter mile or ten, if you don’t have the right equipment at the moment needed, you could miss an image of a lifetime. That may be over dramatic but who hasn’t found themselves in need of a tripod, a cable release, lens cleaning supplies, or even a particular focal length lens and not have it.
What kind of photography do you enjoy shooting most both for professional and personal photography projects?
I enjoy outdoor/nature photography both in color and black & white. However, the challenge of capturing a strong black & white image has diminished for me since going digital. Often I have a particular destination in mind but also enjoy heading nowhere in particular and staying receptive to an image coming together by staying observant.
Who are some of your favorite photographers that you draw inspiration from?
- Floyd Gardner has probably had the biggest impact to my growth as a photographer. He taught me to see light.
- Galen Rowell fueled my desire to search for incredible light. His book “Mountain Light” may be the best photo book written.
- Art Wolfe is the best pure nature photographer in the world.
- Ansel Adams is unrivaled in the images he captured and the things he accomplished for our wild lands.
- Philippe Gross’s book, The Tao of Photography, Seeing Beyond Seeing, is a must read for creative photography.
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